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Uttar Pradesh: Journalist Burnt To Death With Sanitiser Over Writing Against Corrupt Pradhan
Three days after the incident, on Monday, the Balrampur police said they had arrested three people for the crime. One of them, Rinku Mishra, is the son of the pradhan.
Uttar Pradesh: Journalist Burnt To Death With Santiser Over Writing Against Corrupt Pradhan (Represntational Image)
New Delhi: In the Uttar Pradesh district of Balrampur a 37-year-old journalist working with the Hindi newspaper was charred to death by three men, who allegedly barged into his home. The police said that three culprits, including the son of the village Pradhan or chief, have been arrested.
The reports claimed that the men used an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to set the journalist and his friend on fire.
The late journalist Rakesh Singh Nirbhik used to write for the Lucknow-based newspaper Rashtriya Swaroop. As per the reports, he and his friend Pintu Sahu were found with burn injuries inside the journalist's home. Both succumbed to their injuries at the hospital in Lucknow.
The journalists' wife and the children were at the relatives' house at the time of the incident.
Nirbhik speaking to the hospital officials, before his last breath stated that he has been attacked because he was writing regularly against the allegedly corrupt Pradhan and her son.
The Balrampur Superintendent of Police Dev Ranjan Verma addressing a press conference said that personal rivalry was behind the murder. Whereas an investigation is still underway to understand all the facts stated.
“The accused were trying to cover up the crime by making it seem like an accident. But there were many loopholes and we understood this was a conspiracy,” NDTV quoted Verma as saying.
The district administration gave the deceased journalists' wife a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs as financial aid. She was assured of a job by Balrampur sugar mill management.